MALT Millerton Creek Ranch BioBlitz

This was my second BioBlitz and my first visit to a California land trust, so I came to the event quite excited to meet some new folks and see some interesting things. The event drew quite a large crowd, most of whom had a personal connection to the land, and many MALT volunteers who brought an in-depth knowledge of the species we'd be encountering.

We divided into 5 groups - I joined the rock trail group after hearing that there'd been recent burrowing owl sightings in the area. Although no burrowing owls revealed themselves on this particular trip, Michelle Cooper led the group and gave us all an enlightening and thorough tour of the plants we encountered along the way. Tour highlights included some bright lupines, an array of grasses and thistles, and delicate spreads of lichens. Personal highlights included long interactions with two lizards, and my first documented wolf spider encounter!

Posted by heathermarie heathermarie, June 28, 2015 06:50 PM

Observations

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Bumble Bees (Genus Bombus)

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heathermarie

Date

June 25, 2015 12:37 PM PDT

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Hayfield Tarweed (Hemizonia congesta)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 09:56 AM PDT

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Clear-winged Grasshopper (Camnula pellucida)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 09:59 AM PDT

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Bristly Dogtail Grass (Cynosurus echinatus)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 10:00 AM PDT

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Pale Flax (Linum bienne)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:03 AM PDT

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Seaside Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:06 AM PDT

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Coast Range Dudleya (Dudleya cymosa ssp. cymosa)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:07 AM PDT

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California Bay (Umbellularia californica)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:11 AM PDT

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Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:14 AM PDT

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Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:17 AM PDT

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Common Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:22 AM PDT

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Common Pill Woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:23 AM PDT

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Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:27 AM PDT

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Funnel Weavers (Family Agelenidae)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:29 AM PDT

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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:38 AM PDT

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Stridulating Slantface Grasshoppers (Subfamily Gomphocerinae)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:42 AM PDT

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Wolf Spiders (Family Lycosidae)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 10:45 AM PDT

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Marsh Meadow Grasshopper (Pseudochorthippus curtipennis)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 10:43 AM PDT

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Mediterranean Stork's-Bill (Erodium botrys)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 10:51 AM PDT

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:54 AM PDT

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Lupines (Genus Lupinus)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 10:55 AM PDT

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California Centaury (Zeltnera venusta)

Observer

heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 10:58 AM PDT

Description

Leaves opposite

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Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:05 AM PDT

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 11:10 AM PDT

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 11:14 AM PDT

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Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 11:15 AM PDT

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Scarlet Pimpernel (Lysimachia arvensis)

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heathermarie

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June 27, 2015 11:17 AM PDT

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:19 AM PDT

Description

This was as close as I could get

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Armored Sea-Fog Lichen (Niebla homalea)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:24 AM PDT

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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observer

heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:38 AM PDT

Description

Had a soft blue patch on throat. Another western fence lizard?

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Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Observer

heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:43 AM PDT

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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 11:43 AM PDT

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Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum)

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heathermarie

Date

June 27, 2015 12:56 PM PDT

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